The roof is the crowning glory of any home. Yet a roof leak can be a constant source of worry and embarrassment.
The average roof lifespan is anywhere from 20 to 100 years, depending on how well you maintain it and the type of roof you have.
If it’s been a while since you last inspected your roof, now might be the time to do so. Knowing the warning signs of a roof leak can help you get the problem fixed before it’s too late.
Dark Spots on the Ceiling or Walls
Dark spots on the ceiling or walls are a warning sign of a roof leak. Such spots occur when a hole or seam in the roof allows water from the outside to seep into the home. The water will eventually seep through the walls or ceilings and show up as brown or black spots on the surface.
As the water is trapped, the spots may start to get bigger and darker. The spots may also be damp when lightly touched.
Water Pooling in the Attic
One of the most telling warning signs of a leaky roof is when you notice water pooling in the attic. This could be anywhere; on the beams, insulation, walls, or even the floor.
Water pooling may appear as standing water, water stains on the walls, or bubbling paint or wallpaper. You may also see drips from the roof or ceiling seams.
Peeling or Bubbling of Paint
Paint peeling or bubbling can occur within walls, ceilings, and other places due to exposure to a high amount of moisture from a roof leaking. It can often appear in a few large patches or lots of small patches throughout the area, look like the paint is lifting or bubbling away, or look ‘crazed’.
If you notice bubbling or peeling paint, it’s best to call in residential roofing services to inspect the area and your roof to help identify if the bubbling is from a roof leak.
Nail Pops and Rust Corrosion
Nail pops, or nail heads or nail heads popping up, are when a nail that has been fastened to the roof deck or sheathing begins to work itself out or up and out of the roof system.
Rust corrosion is another warning sign of a roof leak. This is when rust forms on roof fasteners, such as nails and screws, due to exposure to water and moisture over time. Both of these warning signs should be assessed by a roofing professional to ensure that their underlying cause is identified.
Moss growth can appear as green patches on the roof surface that may slowly expand if left untreated. The moss is able to grow in moist environments, as it absorbs water from the air and uses it to survive.
When moss growth appears on the roof, it strongly indicates that water is either pooling or seeping through the roof and onto the surface. If left untreated, moss growth can lead to further damage, such as wood rot, water damage, and potential leaks.
Protecting Your Home From Roof Leak Damage
Ultimately, prevention and early detection of roof leaks can save homeowners both time and money. If you notice any of the signs mentioned, it’s best to contact a professional roof repair company for help as soon as possible.
Don’t let a small leak become a big problem. Act now and stay on top of your roof’s health!
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